Sudha Chandran

Indian Film and T.V. Actress | Bharatnatyam Dancer


The inspiration behind the 1986 movie Nache Mayuri , Sudha Chandran is the epitome of will-power and self-belief , a woman who reclaimed her passion for dancing even after losing a foot.

In 1981, at the age of 17, Sudha lost her right leg to a road accident. She then got a rubber prosthetic leg in Jaipur and 2 years later, she refused to give in to her disability and was back on stage doing what she loved the most.

Today Sudha Chandran owns a Dance Academy with 9 branches spread over Mumbai. Apartfrom being  a celebrated Bharatanatyam dancer, Indian film and T.V actress, she is the face of many well known television shows in Hindi and other Indian regional languages. 

Sudha has starred in more than 30 films in different languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. She is also one of the judges on a popular reality show, Super Dancer Junior Series on Amrita TV and was a judge on the reality dance show, Maanada Mayilada. She also participated in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2 in 2007.

She is well-known for her roles as 'Ramola Sikand' in 'Kaahin Kissii Roz' (2001), 'Anky ka Dada'/Yamini' in 'Naagin' (2015), 'Chitradevi' in the Tamil show, 'Deivam Thandha Veedu' (2013) and Anand's first wife in 'Hum Paanch' (2005).

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

She has received two noteworthy awards– ‘Nritya Mayuri’ from the Dance Academy and Bharatnatyam and ‘Nav Jyoti’ from the Telugu Academy. Her inspirational stories have been included in the textbook of schools in India.

She was awarded the National Film Award – Special Jury Award for her role in ‘Mayuri’ (1986), a Telugu film. She also won the Indian Television Academy Award for ‘Best Actress in a negative role’ for ‘Tumhari Disha’ (2005).

Why Sudha Chandran?

Despite being an amputee, she is a strong woman who has overcome all the struggles in life, to achieve success. She is truly a commendable and inspiring artist. Chandran’s story of how losing her foot was “a blessing in disguise” will put your troubles in perspective.​

She was honoured with several awards and was invited to all parts of the world after her story went viral. She continues to provide inspiration to many disabled people who aspire to dance.

Sudha gives out the message of positivity, passion, perseverance, women empowerment, determination, never give up attitude and realising one’s true potential through her talks.

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